Stage 10 Modena – Salsomaggiore Terme 173km
Svein Tuft (Canada, Orica-GreenEdge) takes over the Maglia Nera today, adding 6:58 to his total which is now +1:57:57.
You may recall Svein got his 37th birthday gift in the Stage 1 TTT, taking the first Maglia Rosa of this year’s Giro. Since then it’s been a steady decline through the ranks, spending a lot of time on the front of the peloton to keep Michael Matthews in pink for the first week.
Apparently Svein’s past included a stint as a Trailer Park Boy – living behind the team owner’s house back when he was with Symmetrics (2005-2008) – teammate Christian Meier in the neighboring trailer.
He’s gone on to two seasons with Garmin, one at Spidertech, and now his 3rd season at Orica-GreenEdge, presumably no longer residing in a trailer or a van down by the river.
Svein doesn’t have twitter (http://twitter.com/sveintuft) – there’s an account but it appears to be run by a fan who hasn’t updated since last July. No Strava. No Instagram (at least not with the username sveintuft) but there are 44 items with the #sveintuft hashtag. I didn’t bother checking on the status of his potential Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, or LinkedIn accounts.
The internet says it’s pronounced “Swain” by the way.